Wondering How to Close the Door on the Past
Monday, May 06, 2013
On my walks I find myself thinking too much about what has been instead of what is and what can be.
I read a quote a while ago that goes something like this - "the past is good for textbooks, but it's no place to set up an address."
So I'm thinking that living in the past only makes me dwell on regrets, brings back memories of things I've done that either cause good feelings or bad feelings. But neither of those help me with the "now" I have to deal with.
I'm going to make a conscious effort to think ahead, but not too far ahead that it ends up being a figment of my imagination, but more of a plan for how to deal with the now and very near future.
I know the saying, "If you forget the past you are condemned to repeat it." So I have no plans to forget the past. I just don't want to walk with it arm-in-arm as I move forward. I want to put it away, like an old receipt from bills paid, you know? Write the bill, then put the receipt away.
I don't mean to be so convoluted here. I'm just looking for how to be faster about moving on, forgiving myself, and not muddying the floors with the mucky past stickin' to my boots.
If you have any ideas for how to help me 'move on' so to speak, I'd appreciate your advice.